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Mrs. Post in her garden in Edgartown, Mass. in floral dress, pearls, white gloves and funny hat. "Most people are at ease in their own homes, but often are confused at a dinner party."
Emily Post says "Manners at the most formal dinner party are exactly the same as they are at home." Rather formal directions in how to eat soup; how to serve meat in a house without a maid; which implements to use in cutting salad and eating fruit; proper use of a finger bowl; the difficulties of eating spaghetti gracefully; how to handle chicken bones and other "unwanted morsels;" and much more. Some examples of bad manners.
Supposedly, this film was made specifically for boys.
table settings Post, Emily
- 2002-07-16 00:00:00
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- United States
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Subject: The Obamas on Motha's Vin-yid
It would be a sight to see Ms. Post.
Subject: Culture and the Media
In the 1950s, films and TV were the chief instructors for our behavioral norms. We were taught how to date, how to kiss, how to conduct ourselves in social dilemmas, and mostly, they defined our social expectations. Today, television especially, continues this 'good' work as we are given templates for behavior towards our spouse, our parents, our peers, and our children.
So - how does one explain the strength of social aberrations: crime, drug abuse, sexual attacks, suicide, and violence in varying degrees of intensity since World War II? Although there is a great deal of rationale to support those statistics, certainly we can question the potency of those instructive documentaries such as Table Manners, in shaping the future social behaviors of our youth.
Subject: Well, at least she isn't asking us to keep a protractor handy...
Subject: Not as formal
People should have table manners, but not worry about so many rules to follow.
Subject: Spaghetti and Asparagus anyone?
Well, IÃÂm not sure. We first see her in her garden, lamenting about the fact that the number one concern people have is how to eat properly. She then takes us on a tour of courses, and how to eat each one,
While some of it is practical, others IÃÂve surprised sheÃÂs endorsing. She says itÃÂs perfectly ok to pick up your soup bowl and put your lips to the bowl to sip away, that bread should be buttered in a different way that three films IÃÂve seen disagree with (and hey, where IS the dinner roll plate?). She also, incredibly, says that salad be eaten with a knife and fork, something which totally looks archaic today.
After all that, I guess she realizes she has some time left to kill, so bizarrely, the film jumps to points on how to eat spaghetti (spoon not required!) how to eat asparagus (!!) and finally, eating sticky desserts (napkin dab, napkin dab)
The subjects used in these films look like zombies, especially when theyÃÂre eating soup.. Bzzt, take dainty spoonful, bzzt, put it to mouth.. Bzzt take spoonfulÃÂ.
Subject: The genteel way to eat
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